Posts Tagged ‘medical data’

Medical App HealthTap Uses Artificial Intelligence to Offer Personalized Advice

healthtapSage Lazzaro of Beta Beat reports, “Popular medical app HealthTap just launched a new product called ‘Top Doctor Insights.’ Using artificial intelligence, the new service provides users with completely personalized health information. HealthTap is a resource for accessing free medical information provided by more than 64,000 doctors. Until now, it wasn’t much more than a database. But with ‘Top Doctor Insights,’ two people searching the same topic now receive completely different results. After a user types in a question, the service goes beyond searching for keywords and actually analyzes the content and semantic meaning of the inquiry.” Read more

Elsevier’s Digital Services Upgraded to Provide Enhanced Searching and Mobile Capabilities

PHILADELPHIA, June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Elsevier, a word-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced a major investment in services provided to its society partners and individual readers: a new online platform and management system for its 500+ health, medical, and life science journal-branded websites.

The new online platform will provide these journal-branded websites improved search results accuracy, a more robust editorial tool to create topical article collections, and a high quality reading experience for visitors using mobile devices. The upgrades will begin this Fall. Read more

A Higher Calling of Semantic Technology: Linking Data to Save Lives

After days full of technically-focused sessions at SemTechBiz, Hans Constandt’s keynote this morning, ONTOFORCE: Links for Lives, was a thought-provoking break from technicality. Instead of delving into the specifics of how ONTOFORCE–the Belgian startup where Hans currently serves as CEO–is using various semantic tools, leveraging taxonomies, or monetizing their products, Hans instead stepped back and reminded us all of the much bigger picture: Linked open data can save lives.

Hans started his talk by sharing three stories from his own life of family members who have faced rare illnesses and struggled to find the health information they needed. Hans was able to help his family members find access to vital health information after a great deal of time, effort, and investment. But after helping those closest to him, he didn’t want to stop there. Each condition he researched was rare, but that meant that other people in the world facing similarly rare conditions were undoubtedly entrenched in the same struggle to obtain quality information.
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Elsevier Partners with UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

According to a new article out of the company, “Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services, has signed an agreement with EPSRC to provide them with access to SciVal Spotlight, SciVal Strata, and Scopus. EPSRC will use these products and tools to support evaluation of the impact of UK research in engineering and the physical sciences. EPSRC is one of the largest UK research councils and a member of Research Councils UK (RCUK). The decision by the organization to use these products and tools is based on the comprehensiveness of the data and the additional insights available through looking at research from the unique perspective of SciVal Spotlight competencies, as well as the traditional journal classification system.” Read more

Watson Teams Up with the Cleveland Clinic

IBM recently announced “the formation of a collaboration to advance Watson’s use in the medical training field. The IBM team of researchers that created Watson will work with Cleveland Clinic clinicians, faculty and medical students to enhance the capabilities of Watson’s Deep Question Answering technology for the area of medicine. Watson’s ability to analyze the meaning and context of human language and quickly process information to piece together evidence for answers can help healthcare decision makers, such as clinicians, nurses and medical students, unlock important knowledge and facts buried within huge volumes of information.” Read more

Proposed Health/Medical Schema Published

Schema.org is often talked about in terms of its SEO benefit, but a recent announcement by Aaron Brown of Google shows a focus on health and medical content on the web. Brown has announced a proposed health/medical schema that is currently open to the public for feedback. According to the introduction, “This page describes a schema.org-based schema that webmasters and content publishers can use to mark up health and medical content on the web. Like all schema.org schemas, the health and medical schema is intended to make it easier for people to find the right web pages by exposing structured information contained in web pages to search engines, and may also enable other applications that make use of the structure.” Read more

Creating Interoperability of Biomedical Data Sources

Researchers from the University Hospitals of Geneva, Switzerland, have published a new paper entitled Interoperability Driven Integration of Biomedical Data Sources. The paper, published in Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, introduces “a data integration methodology that promotes technical, syntactic and semantic interoperability for operational healthcare data sources. ETL processes provide access to different operational databases at the technical level.” Read more

NLM Announces 5 Winners of First Software Development Challenge

The National Library of Medicine has announced five winners of their first software development challenge. According to the article, “The winning applications can help people learn about anatomy, help researchers find gene information in research literature, and help people sift through large amounts of scientific and medical information… The library’s software development challenge, Show off Your Apps: Innovative Uses of NLM Information, solicited applications that used the library’s data to develop innovative ways for people to obtain and share scientific and medical information.” Read more

Video: OpenTox Toxicology Framework

This video lecture discusses the development of OpenTox, an open source predictive toxicology framework. The description states, “A new paradigm of 21st century human-oriented safety testing approaches is now emerging based on a combination of in silico and in vitro approaches. The new predictive test systems developed from this growing ‘grand challenge’ effort will need to combine evidences from a great variety of data, protocols, and concepts. The combination of these sources of knowledge within an ontology-based mechanistic knowledge-oriented framework to produce reliable test systems demands the development of a semantic web for toxicology.” Read more

Preventing Pandemics with HealthMap

According to a recent article, “A growing segment of the medical community believes that is a realistic possibility and is increasingly looking at ways to harness the power of blogs, news outlets and social-networking websites to detect disease patterns around the world. Dozens of researchers gathered Monday at a pandemic conference in Toronto to hear about the progress one expert has made toward achieving those goals. John Brownstein, an epidemiologist who works as a researcher at Children’s Hospital Boston, told researchers instead of relying solely on government-based disease-surveillance systems, they should recognize the power of clues coming from individuals on the ground.” Read more